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Seola Kim performs her work for table harp and gamelan orchestra. Photo by OBF Composers Symposium.

Seola Kim performs her work for table harp and gamelan orchestra.
Photo by OBF Composers Symposium.

Story and photos by GARY FERRINGTON

I write music, but I don’t think of myself as a composer – at least not yet. So, why did I attend the 10-day Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, June 28 – July 7, in Eugene? I wanted to hear tomorrow’s music today. That need to experience the future of contemporary classical music was throughly fulfilled with the public premiere of more than 30 new works by a cadre of international young composers attending the symposium, now in its 11th season, at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance.

According to UO composition professor Robert Kyr, who directs the symposium, the 91 participants made this year’s gathering the largest of its kind in the world. If the exuberant post-symposium Facebook comments by attendees are evidence, the 2014 symposium could be even larger.

As a registered auditor I sampled as many of the activities as I could from a tight schedule that began early in the morning and often lasted until after midnight.

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